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Volkswagen Polo

The fifth-generation Volkswagen Polo has junior Golf looks, but is that enough?

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24 August 2009

I'm surprised that this new engine appears so unrefined. I was expecting a big improvement over the 1.9 which it replaces in higher outputs.

As for the Fiesta interior being more interesting, well yes it is but I know which I'd rather have day to day over say a 3 year period and it's the Polo. The styling of the Fiestas dash will wear thin soon enough and you are then left with an average quality interior which by some accounts is already proving troublesome.

24 August 2009

[quote Lee23404]I'm surprised that this new engine appears so unrefined. I was expecting a big improvement over the 1.9 which it replaces in higher outputs.[/quote]

The new 1.6 TDI CR comes in 3 forms, 74bhp in this polo. A faster 90bhp version and the 105 version in the Golf. I recentley was on a mk6 Golf blog and read that the new 1.6 TDI in 105 form is very good.

I beleive the reason autocar say it is gruff and unrefinded is becasue the test car is brand new, and just arrived on our shores. it usual takes a new TDI around 1000 - 2000 miles for it to start performing at its best, it may be even more in some cases.

Its strange that I am still waiting for my Golf !!!!! with the 1.6 TDI 105, but should be ready by next week (praying hard that I am right)

[quote Lee23404]As for the Fiesta interior being more interesting, well yes it is but I know which I'd rather have day to day over say a 3 year period and it's the Polo. The styling of the Fiestas dash will wear thin soon enough and you are then left with an average quality interior which by some accounts is already proving troublesome.[/quote]

the polo might not be as funcky but has more class, and will stand the test of time better then the fiesta. Which has a horrible plastic interior btw

24 August 2009

Why this obsession with the Fiesta? The external styling will date faster than a prawn sandwich on a hot day, and the interior is hideous, unless you are under 16 and still think Star Wars toys are cool. The Polo may be conservataive, but speaking as an adult I wouldn't be seen dead in a Fiesta.

As to diesel gruffness, I am bored with the antispetic tone of modern small petrol engines, and prefer the voice of the 3 cylinder TDi in my Audi A2. It actually has a bit of character, reminds me of my old Harley.

I am not convinced by your assesment, and will form my own judgement when the car is available to us mortals.

24 August 2009

[quote McJohn]Why this obsession with the Fiesta? The external styling will date faster than a prawn sandwich on a hot day, and the interior is hideous, unless you are under 16 and still think Star Wars toys are cool. The Polo may be conservataive, but speaking as an adult I wouldn't be seen dead in a Fiesta.[/quote]

I keep seeing a Golf when I look at the pictures. Conservative, yes. Derivative, yes.

I can understand what you mean about the Fiesta, it isn't really my cup of tea either, but the Polo is just too boring for its own good!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

24 August 2009

Agree with much of the above. Diesel engines, especially VAG ones, can take 10k before they start to give of their best in terms of speed, mpg, noise. You don't jump into a brand new diesel car and start scribbling The Definitive Verdict on How Noisy/Quiet This New Diesel Car Is. Give it some time. Snap conclusions are annoying. Most VW models age well; most Fords don't.

24 August 2009

Agreed the Fiesta is a very good car but what is the point of cloning the Fiesta, surely then you would just have a Fiesta? VW have always been quite conservative with styling but they do this because it is what works for them, there isn't anything else which has such a solid, quality, 'German' feeling and overstyled cars like the Fiesta, Corsa, 207 etc tend to date much more quickly.

It will be interesting to drive the 1.6 TDI in a couple of weeks when I go on product training because it is fantastic in the Golf albeit in 105ps guise.

24 August 2009

Slightly impractical when you're scribbling for a magazine claiming to be 'first for car news and reviews'. I think journalists can be forgiven for passing judgement on a new car - and magazines do after all run 'long term tests' to see what the car is like to live with.

24 August 2009

1.2 TSI is the engine to go for.

24 August 2009

very mature design which will still look good in years to come. as opposed to the ridiculously over-styled and over-designed fiesta. honestly, how anyone can relish this cheesy ford design is a complete mystery to me.

24 August 2009

The Fiesta may look good now, but in a few years time it wont. Commenting as an ex-Fiesta driver and a current VW driver both the Fiesta and the Polo have their own place in the market. If you want contemporary styling and sharp handling, buy a Fiesta. If you want comfort, high quality construction and classic, timeless design then choose a Polo.

Magazines such as Autocar and Auto Express are obsessed with sporty handling and that's why they always seem to favour Ford and BMW products over anything else, regardless of any other flaws. Living in a country where we have so many problems with congestion and potholes, is sportiness so much more important than comfort and quality?

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